Wednesday, March 30, 2011
For the past 40 years, George Ehling has been transforming his Hollywood Hills home into a veritable magic castle. Working entirely by hand, Ehling has covered every surface of his residence with intricate tile mosaics. This wonder of craftsmanship is not open to the public, but for one afternoon only, we'll be getting a private tour of the home from Ehling to learn more about this modern-day Simon Rodia. This adventure is part of Obscura Day, where people all over the world lead outings to odd or out-of-the-way destinations.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Making Place exhibition, featuring local architects and designers Predock Frane, chee salette architecture office, and Florencia Pita mod, and curated by me, was the architecture-inspired third section of the year-long Painted Over/Under exhibition, envisioned by local artist Kim Schoenstadt.
Part closing reception, part intimate conversation about the exhibition, the evening featured a lively panel discussion, moderated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton (and de LaB Board member!), on everything from the current state of street art to the mutability of place. The conversation among the architects focused on how each of their pieces was in some way intricately connected to movement—in particular, the way movement around the city from the perspective of cars defines the typical Angeleno’s sense of place.
Three days later, artist Kim Schoenstadt’s final piece—a mutable, layered strip of vinyl that had been continuously placed beneath each of the former sections of the exhibition—was painstakingly revealed, replacing the Making Place exhibition, and rounding out her overarching vision. The LA Times captured the process and final reveal here.
The exhibition is on view through April 17th. If you find yourself in Hollywood, stop by to see how it all came together.
Photo credits: Andrew Hunter.
Monday, March 28, 2011
After drinks and refreshments, Doug and Chris presented their vision for a proposed masterplan for downtown Inglewood to a packed room. Centered on Market Street, and utilizing an empty 3-acre plot of land (that is currently in dispute between the city and a former owner who defaulted on a loan), (fer) devised a transit-oriented plan around a proposed Expo line stop. The plan aims to provide a cultural and commercial mix that draws on the existing infrastructure of the pedestrian-friendly street.
The masterplan also includes innovative eco-conscious elements, including solar wind systems, a self-contained water reservoir, planted towers, and vertical gardens. The architects are taking on an unusual role, as activist and advocate for the city. What began as an internal project bloomed into a larger plan, with the masterplan now submitted to Cascadia’s Living City Competition. Yet the firm has a long road ahead, as it pushes the vision to Inglewood's city council.
For more on the firm's vision for Inglewood, check out the Architect's Newspaper's excellent article here.